I can’t quite believe it is still January (just!). Since the turn of the New Year I have had my head down and been busy making my Spring Collection for Harvey’s of Halifax. It’s really nice working on summer hats in the dark winter days it certainly gives you a lift on the cold days.

Oceans themes were a big catwalk trend and the colours of aqua, blue and coral seem to have filtered down to the high street. Bright fuchsia and tangerines are also big colour trends. Floral and prints are again a big catwalk trend this summer and some of the prints that have filtered down to the high street are stunning. 

If you are planning your summer wardrobe now and choose to go for a print, I would advise a stylish and simple hat or headpiece. This will ensure your outfit and headwear will complement one another not compete with one another.

Another great lift in the winter gloom has been the release of the Cheltenham Festival Little Black Book (LBB) and the positive press it has received to date. Interesting that Ascot was also in the news for clamping down on dress code including the ban on fascinators. I was asked by my local radio station to give an opinion on the ban and was shocked to be told some people would see the moves by Ascot and Cheltenham as elitist – telling people what they should wear. 

The LBB is a guide. As I mentioned in my last blog, sometimes us ladies do appreciate some guidance with fashion and fashion etiquette. For example, look at the multi-million pound publication industry. Fashion magazines are everywhere and are very popular. The LBB is a fashion guide aimed exclusively for racegoers. I have been very fortunate to come into contact with many in the racing fraternity and I would have to say they are the most down to earth and friendly group of people you could ever wish to meet.

Time to finish those hats and ruffle some more feathers!!!




"I qualified with a distinction in HNC Millinery at the Leeds College of Art in July 2010.  I specialise in designing and hand making one-off bespoke hats and headpieces both in classic and contemporary styles, although Winter Fashion  forward pieces is where my passion really lies.

"Before graduating I was offered a commission to design and make a collection of 1940s hats for an exhibition at one of the country's leading tourist attractions. I have also collaborated both locally and nationally with LK Bennett, one of the country's most prestigious fashion brands.

"I have a real passion for my art, and I hope this is conveyed in each individual piece I design and produce. I believe designs that hold true to our British heritage have a strong place in today’s market where customers are seeking providence from the goods they buy.

"I live in Ampleforth on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, an area which is truly inspirational. I live at home with my two daughters. My husband is in the oil industry and travels away from home frequently. We have a soft Labrador called Harry, we enjoy a daily walk on the moors. When I do have time I love riding and make the most of the open moors for a good gallop!!

"I travel to Paris on a regular basis and again this is a huge inspiration to me. The city is so beautiful and I have always had a love of the French fashion houses of Chanel and Dior. I have a love of vintage clothes and I feel this feeds my inspiration."


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